Doesn’t time fly? It seems only yesterday a jubilant squad pranced about like teenagers, parading the league trophy, reveling in the party atmosphere.
One last day of work before a well deserved holiday, but hardly work at all such was the joy of the occasion.
Next week the team take off for our Austrian training camp, so the next few days are genuinely the last days of rest and relaxation for the bhoys.
Maybe it’s just me, but the break seems to be terribly short these days.
The working man out there might cough splutter thinking I get two or three weeks off per year, six weeks holidays sounds like heaven!
The athlete might have a different view.
Especially our athletes. They are facing a demanding preseason, because Ange makes demands. Those extra snacks and treats eaten during the off season need worked off this week, next is too late.
The competition for starting places begins with the very first day of pre season training camp, you don’t get fit then try your best,,,you turn up in good shape and ready to impress.
Many a player will be hitting the gym this week with their thoughts turning to the upcoming campaign,,still officially on holidays or not.
Given the final week won’t be all fun and games but personal preparation, is it fair to say the players get five weeks actual R&R?
Seems terribly short. Has it always been such,,or has the modern game shortened the off season?
The fact the squad departs next week tells us expect a signing or two soon. Ange wants his players in situ for a full training camp together, the next few days
are the perfect time to close deals and capture signatures to ensure everyone deemed essential is on that plane to Austria.
Which makes me realize, how many players cannot simply enjoy pure rest and relaxation during the summer as they must be available to travel and uproot to a different country at the drop of a hat?
Played a full season then half way through your hard earned rest you’re summoned elsewhere for medicals and interviews?
We all love a good vacation but when it comes down to it the footballers and the supporters are very different affairs.
Set time off fully away from the job, splurging to excess ignoring the scales, breaking your sleep routine,,,all things we take for granted while on holiday yet a footballer can’t.
And they are supposed to be the glamorous ones!
Who’d be a footballer these days?
All work and all play, literally.